Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Reconciliation Rock

I heard some good news yesterday.

Not only have David Lee and the Van Halens patched things up ...

Relationship of Command was released way back in 2000. Yet by the end of 2011, it still stood near the top of my unwritten list of the very best albums of the decade.

Hardcore? Post-Hardcore? Prog-Punk? You'll have to consult with Patti Schmidt for that call.

Whatever it was, its on its way back.

When At the Drive-In split apart eleven years ago, two new bands were created that never really caught my attention. While I'll always have a soft spot for the proggy element in rock music, The Mars Volta's sound seemed to regress, rather than progress, after a decent debut in 2003. As for Sparta, I never really lent them a fair listen.

But ATDI's full lineup will reassemble with an eirenic enthusiasm to play at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California in April, along with Godspeed You! Black Emperor (themselves missing in action for many years), Explosions in the Sky, Radiohead, Feist et al.

Now that's a BigRockShow, as Les Claypool might say.

Or a BigPostRockShow, as Patti Schmidt would surely say.


  1. Ah, once again disseminating with dictatorial diction an esteemed knowledge of these more hidden gems of music. Think we could hack a Coachella festival at our age? At the very least, I think we could surprise ourselves. Good post FE.

  2. Van Halen - first tape I ever bought with my own coin. I felt very prog-rocky at the time.

    Coachella that is whole other story eh?

  3. Nice words, Fish. It's always been Van Halen - not Van Haggar.